A while ago I asked SWMBO if we ought to repeat our 2006 experience and launch ourselves towards Germany with tout le famile. One positive response later, airline tickets procured and lodgings reserved, we found ourselves with a mountain of baggage, two kids and grandparental units squeezed into a FIAT van of some variety** departing Frankfurt Airport* towards Beilngries, Bavaria. Beilngries is another of those picturesque (though not quite so much as Greding) towns dotted throughout lower Bavaria and blessed with a lovely valley setting.
Our vacation home (ferienhaus Am Arzberg) , located at the south edge of town was absolutely perfect. A renovated three bedroom house on one acre of hillside property complete with swimming pool, it was the base of operations for the next two weeks. While the house itself is a little difficult to find the first time around, I fully recommend anyone looking for a relaxing vacation home in lower Bavaria to consider this property. From here we explored the falconry at Schloss Rosenburg at Riedenburg, the Klosters Weltenburg (for the beer of course) and a couple of trips into Ingolstadt.
How to get there:
- By Air from Canada: AC874 YUL to FRA, or AC846 from YYZ to MUC. If you have a choice, take the Toronto – Munich run as the Franz Joseph Strauss airport is far superior to Frankfurt, and is also quite a bit closer.
- By Car from Frankfurt: Autobahn A3 east towards Wurzburg and on to Nuremberg and then A9 south towards Munich leaving A9 at exit 58 Kinding. Turn left underneath the autobahn continue staight on for about 11km, following signs for Beilngries.
- By Car from Munich: leaving the airport onto A92 east, join A9 at Kreuz Neufahrn and head north towards Nuremberg. Leave the A9 at exit 58 Kinding. Turn left and continue straight on as above.
* quite possibly my least favourite airport in the world
** A Fiat Ulysse. The reason FIATs aren’t sold in North America (and thank god for that!) are that they are quite possibly some of the most annoying vehicles ever built. Lots of non-intuitive gidgets and gadgets located in all the wrong places performing marginal tasks, all mated to a thrashy engine on milquetoast chassis. Never Buy One.